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Hey Zip! Congrats! It seems like forever since you first started posting so, I can imagine how excited you are!

So, a few words of advice...
First are some things you should expect so you don't get freaked out when they happen. Although, I am sure you have already read about them in older posts.
When they put the ring on to make the corneal flap, you will feel pressure and your vision will darken to pitch black so that you won't see anything. Do not be afraid. You are not blind. Basically, the ring (I hate this word - blade) closes over the eye while it is creating the flap. It only lasts a few seconds and is nothing to worry about. Your vision will then be cloudy/blurry when they pull the ring off...no fear! Stare at the little red light as the doc will tell you to and the lazer will begin correcting. To me, while the lazer was working its magic, it seemed and sounded like I was in a vacuum. I could barely hear the doctor...or maybe it was just my nerves. Anyway, the next thing you might notice...can't recall that I did...is the smell like something has been singed. It is almost like the smell of a hair burning. Again...have no fear. That is normal. I really don't recall the smell but, as my mind was focused on paying attention to the red dot, I didn't notice much at all.

Now, whether you want to hear it or not, I am going to be honest here and tell you that my eyes are tiny. My left more than my right. Not just my eyes but, my eyelids and surrounding area. Because of that, I felt a slight pinchy feeling in my left lid while the ring and the lid separator were on. Nothing that I couldn't handle. I have probably had much more pain from stubbing my toe and, it was over so quickly that it seems hardly worth mentioning now. I just want you to be prepared that the pressure for you may be worse than for most. I don't know what kind of features you have. Like I said, mine are very tiny and my doc assured me that if I experienced any pain at all, that would be the reason. But, I really want to assure you that it wasn't awful. And, most people don't have any pain at all. Just a feeling of something pushing your eyes. Which, beyond the slight pinch I felt, was all the feeling I really had.

Now, after I got up, I was blurry and my eyes were sensitive to the light but, I really believe that that was because they had dialated my pupils before the procedure. It seems to me that some doctors don't do that which could be why most people experience the "I can see clearly NOW!" immediately after the surgery. I did not, which was ok because I, as everyone else, was told to go home and take a nap immediately so that I could sleep through any pain I might experience as the numbing drops wore off. DO THAT! I know it will be pretty hard to fall asleep at first. I was so excited afterwards to start life as a visually unimpaired person that, I struggled to fall asleep for a while and kept waking up. But, the Valium helps and, if your nerves are frazzled at all like mine were, when the adrenaline stops pumping, you will come off that high and be really tired. So, sleep!

Once my nap was over, I woke up able to see the clock on the t.v. from across the room. A fete never before done! I was still blurry and fuzzy for a couple of hours but, by anywhere between 6 and 8 pm (can't remember exactly) I was seeing clearly. I went to my followup the next day and was 20/15 - better than 20/20.

So, now for the healing. Lubricate like your life depended on it! You may not need it. Some people do, others don't. But, even if you feel that your eyes don't need it, they might so, just do it. The more moisture your eyes have, the quicker they heel. Try to stay out from under, above, or next to heating and AC vents. They tend to dry you out. Try to put some humidity into your home and office. It helps immensely.

Don't be discouraged if you can't see 20/20 from the get go. Alot of people can't. We all heal differently at different rates and even your own eyes will heal at different speeds. Your left may be perfect and your right my give you problems or vice versa and that can change day to day, hour by hour, minute by minute. We are not perfect and nothing on our bodies is exactly the same. Even before surgery, your eyes are constantly flucuating and changing throughout the day in two different ways. It's just the way we were all made.

If you have any questions, ask. Ask the board, ask your doctor! There are no stupid questions ever and especially when it comes to your gateway to what is in front of you.

Good luck and keep us posted!





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